Senator Brown E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Lackawanna County Joint Senior Expo
  • Senate to Reconvene to Work on Finalizing State Budget
  • PA 529 Fees Waived Again
  • New CDL Skills Test Intended to Attract More School Bus Drivers
  • Out and About Listening to You

Lackawanna County Joint Senior Expo

Save the date for the Lackawanna County Joint Senior Expo! Hosted on September 8th at the Marketplace at Steamtown, there will be various vendors offering wellness, personal care, health services, and state related services. Hope to see you there for this FREE event.

Senate to Reconvene to Work on Finalizing State Budget

Next week, the Senate will return to session to work toward finalizing the 2023-24 state budget. Because the budget bill itself has been passed, the focus will be on legislation necessary to implement the budget.

Decisions we make now will have financial impacts for years to come. I am committed to taking the responsible long-term approach. You can watch session live here on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 1 p.m.

PA 529 Fees Waived Again

In addition to the usual state and federal tax advantages, people who use PA 529 plans to save to attend a technical school, community college or four-year college – or enter an apprenticeship – will also enjoy reduced fees for the second year in a row.

Asset-based fees will again be waived for PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) owners. Fee waivers will be funded by PA 529 GSP surplus earnings.

State fees will decrease by 0.5 basis points effective Sept. 1 for PA 529 Investment Plan (IP) account owners. This reduction and one announced last month will result in a savings of more than $800,000 for account holders throughout this fiscal year.

New CDL Skills Test Intended to Attract More School Bus Drivers

Beginning Monday, Aug. 28, a modernized commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills test will be implemented at all Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) driver license centers that offer CDL skills tests and at all third party CDL driving skill testers.

Applicants who will take the test after Aug. 28 are encouraged to review updated materials here.

As some schools are already back in session and others are scheduled to start soon, there is a pressing need to ensure the availability of school bus drivers. According to PennDOT, these measures will streamline the school bus endorsement process and hopefully attract new drivers – alleviating Pennsylvania’s school bus driver shortage.

Out and About Listening to You

TOP LEFT: Pictured at Rockport Hunting Club in Wayne County for their annual pork roast and community gathering!

TOP RIGHT: Attended Pocono Pride Fastpitch Softball’s groundbreaking for their new year-round recreational facility. I was pleased to support grant funding for this project as it will have tremendous positive impact for our youth. Congratulations!

BOTTOM LEFT: Wishing William Pittaro a joyous 80th birthday! I attended his surprise birthday party and presented him with an 80th birthday citation.

BOTTOM RIGHT: VETSTOCK hosted a fundraiser at Silverback Distillery in East Stroudsburg. VETSTOCK’s sole mission is to enrich and improve the lives of veterans. I have known this organization since its inception and have seen the outstanding work they do. Thank you for supporting our veterans!


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